Describes the Advent of the Horseless Carriage"
At age eighty-eight,
Langstaff recalled what it was like to own
Richmond Hill's first
automobile back in the year 1902:
|Dr. Rolph Langstaff,
the first automobile owner in
Richmond Hill, at
the wheel of his 1902 Oldsmobile.
Try and imagine the thrill of driving one of these
for the first time. Once up in the seat, one would notice that there were no
shafts and no horse. By reaching down to the side of the seat and pulling up a
few times on the crank, this horseless carriage would spring into life, noisy,
fairly dancing up and down and raring to go. A touch and it was off down the
road at twelve and a half miles [20 kilometres] an hour. On a down grade it
would accelerate up to 17 miles [27 kilometres] an hour and gain so much
momentum that it would go nearly half way up the next grade before having to
change into low.
The Liberal,November 7, 1957